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“Listed entities”, the Anti-Terrorism Act and Implications for Canadian NGOs

September 23, 2013

The Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC), the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group (ICLMG), and Peacebuild, have come together to organize a one-day discussion forum for Canadian NGOs. The purpose of the event, scheduled for November 6th, is to enhance understanding of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA), particularly the process of listing terrorist entities, and the implications and possible risks associated with intentional or unintentional interactions with those entities. The recent listing of the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani Network will be used as a current case study for the event, but will not be the only area of concern.

The discussion forum, which will include the participation of humanitarian, development, civil liberties and peacebuilding NGOs, as well as Canadian government officials and lawyers, will explore the implications of terrorist ‘listing’ on peace processes, delivery of humanitarian assistance and development programs. It will aim to directly address the hesitancy and “chill factor” that NGOs may begin to experience due to the ATA, when preparing programming activities in certain areas of the world. It will look at the potential implications and risks that the listings pose for NGOs, particularly considering the possible loss of charitable status.

The event is still in the planning stage and more details concerning the program will be shared in coming weeks. In the meantime, please reserve November 6 in your agendas for this important discussion.

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